Fox orders futuristic Chicago police series ‘A.P.B.’

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Justin Kirk and Caitlin Stacey in “A.P.B.” on Fox. | ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.

Another Chicago P.D. is coming to prime time, and this one will have a futuristic bent.

Fox on Tuesday gave a series order to “A.P.B.,” a drama starring Justin Kirk as a tech billionaire who takes action after a loved one is murdered, the Hollywood trades report. He puts up the money to reboot a Chicago police precinct as a private police force and orders the veteran cops to rethink how they fight crime.

The pilot was shot in Chicago, and production company 20th Century Fox Television said future episodes will be, too.

“It’s a different kind of thing,” actor Ernie Hudson told the Sun-Times’ Bill Zwecker after appearing in the “A.P.B.” pilot. “It’s a police drama set in the future. Privatizing has been taken to a new level. A tech billionaire takes over the police department, which obviously causes a bunch of conflicts with the rank and file, but it also provides the police with all kinds of super technology. It provides for a new ballgame where the cops have tools equal to the criminals to fight them.”

Natalie Martinez, Caitlin Stasey, Taylor Handley and Eric Winter also star.

Other new shows ordered by Fox this week include series based on the hit movies “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” a baseball drama called “Pitch,” and the sitcoms “Making History” and “The Mick.”

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